Originally written July 12, 2013 on The Victory Formation:
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Mikhail Prokhorov is worth billions, and he made it living in country that, well, we don’t trust. Sure, Communism has been dead in Russia for over 20 years, but hey, they’re the Ruskies. It appears as if that feeling is carrying over to Prokhorov if we are reading the tea leaves correctly. A few owners and GM’s spoke anonymously about the Brooklyn Nets signing of Andrei Kirilenko, because he took considerably less money to play in New York. Kirilenko opted out of a deal with the Timberwolves, which would have paid him $10 million. He is set to make $3.1 million with the Nets. So, being that he is Russian, and Prokhorov is Russian, something is obviously not kosher, right? From Adrian Wojnarowski via Deadspin: “Brazen,” one Western Conference GM told Yahoo! Sports. “Let’s see if the league has any credibility,” one NBA owner told Yahoo! Sports. “It’s not about stopping it. It’s about punishing them if they’re doing it.” Another Eastern Conference GM: “There should be a probe. How obvious is it?” Outside of the two being Russian, there is absolutely no reason to link these two together as doing a deal under the table. While many players typically [...]
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